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17a is looking for a Director of Behavioral Health Innovation, to lead our work to advance solutions to delivery challenges in the behavioral health market.

Strong preference for candidates with demonstrated ability to think strategically in the face of ambiguity and build strong relationships with diverse groups. 

To apply, please send current resume and a brief statement of interest to by June 17.


Director of Behavioral Health Innovation 

We are seeking a Director for 17a's work in behavioral health to join our team in Cincinnati.

The Director will be responsible for leading 17a's behavioral health practice as well as leading a non-profit sponsored innovation fund, the Hacking Heroin Cooperative.

17a clients in behavioral health include governments and private payers as well as the technology and venture communities.  

The Director will be responsible for defining and executing on 17a's priorities in the behavioral health space, including managing existing work/teams in the space, identifying next horizon business development opportunities and areas for impact, and driving the thought leadership agenda for 17a's ongoing contribution to knowledge in the space.

The Hacking Heroin Cooperative is sponsored innovation initiative funded by health systems and addition treatment providers.  The fund invests in and manages pilots in the addiction services space. 

The Director will be responsible for driving the investment agenda for early-stage, non-dilutive investments in addiction services, developing and managing local and national partnerships, and ensuring successful execution of pilots with providers.  He/she will also be responsible for shaping the thought leadership agenda to share insights, call others to action and scale what works.

The Director will have heavy interaction with CEOs of major health systems/treatment providers, leaders in behavioral health technology companies and groups like the data team at the Federal Department of Health and Human Services.


More about the Hacking Heroin Cooperative Fund

Last year, more Americans died of drug overdoses than died in the entire Vietnam War. The opiate epidemic is a national crisis, creating urgency for fast-to-deploy solutions to delivery problems that have plagued the addiction services market for decades.

Hacking Heroin has created a sponsored innovation fund, the Hacking Heroin Cooperative, specifically structured to overcome the barriers that traditionally hamper innovation in addiction services.

The Cooperative is funded by 3 major health systems and 6 major treatment providers in Southwest Ohio and Northern Kentucky.  It will focus on funding pilots for tools that have the potential to scale at a national level - using the region as "lab" for figuring out what works.  The Cooperative has support from several other public, strategic and investment partners at the national level.  Details on the model are here.

This is totally new model for innovation in addiction services at a time when it is needed more than ever.


More about Hacking Heroin

Hacking Heroin is a non-profit initiative focused on ripping down the barriers that traditionally stunt the development and deployment of new, great technologies in the addiction services space. Hacking Heroin was launched by 17a, a boutique consultancy focused on novel approaches to improving public service delivery.  More information is at